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Canada confirms Youth Worlds Team

Published on November 3rd, 2021

Kingston, ONT (November 3, 2021) – Sail Canada has confirmed its 13-member team who will represent the country at the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships to be held December 11-18 in Al Mussanah, Oman.

Twelve events will take place, with Canada competing in all but the Windsurfing and female Kiteboarding.

All the Canadian athletes will be competing at the Youth Sailing World Championships for the first time, and were selected based on their performances at the Sail Canada Youth Championships and other qualifying events held over the summer and fall.

The 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships will be a family affair for the Canadian team as three siblings from the same family will take part in this international event: Jackson, Riley and Finlay Macaulay from Halifax, N.S. Riley and Finlay, the youngest sisters, will compete together in the female i420 class.

Canadian Team:

One Person Dinghy (ILCA 6)
Female: Annalise Balasubramanian (Toronto, ON-RCYC & Ontario Sailing Team)
Male: Nathan Latka (Toronto, ON-ABYC & Ontario Sailing Team)

Skiff (29er)
Female: Grace Poole (Victoria, BC-RVYC) and Jessica Hirschbold (Victoria, BC-RVYC)
Male: Jackson Macaulay (Halifax, NS-RNSYS) and Andreas Steinitz (Carrying Place, ON-RNSYS)

Two Person Dinghy (i420)
Female: Riley Macaulay and Finlay Macaulay (Halifax, NS-RNSYS)
Male: Luke Strickland (Ottawa, ON-Nepean Sailing Club) and Christian Voyer (Ottawa, ON-Nepean Sailing Club)

Mixed Two Person Multihull (Nacra 15)
Maya Heidenreich (Halifax, NS-RNSYS) and Noah Adler (Lower Prospect, NS-RNSYS)

Kiteboarding (Formula Kite)
Female: No entry
Male: Tayne Steven (Rossland, BC, Interior Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Society)

Windsurfer (Bic Techno 293+)
Female: No entry
Male: No entry

The Canadian athletes will be accompanied by Team Leader Lisa Ross (NS), Sail Canada’s Development Squad Coach, as well as coaches Chris Hewson (ON) from the Ontario Sailing Team and Steve McBride (BC) from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.

The Youth Sailing World Championships, which have been held annually since 1971 except for the 2020 edition that was cancelled because of the pandemic, are an important stepping stone towards the Canadian Sailing Team and Development squad.

Among its many alumni members who have competed at a Youth Sailing World Championships are Georgia Lewin-LaFrance, Ryan & Andrew Wood, Coralie Vittecoq, Will & Sam Bonin, Ryan Anderson and Clara Gravely, as well as 2020 Tokyo Olympic Canadian Team member Ali ten Hove in 2012 and 2013.

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